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What Is Your Fitness Fear?

What Is Your Fitness Fear?

What are you afraid of? Spiders? Snakes? The Dark? We all have our fears, but when it comes to fitness, you’d be surprised just how many people are truly and honestly afraid. Whether their fear stems from a bad experience in the past or a perception based

What is Your Fitness Fear?

Getting Injured or Hurt

One of the main fears I hear over and over again as a personal trainer is that they are afraid of getting injured or hurt. I get it. Gym equipment can be quite intimidating, especially if you do not know how to properly use it. Many people are afraid that they will get injured if they begin to work out.

As a personal trainer, one of my biggest concerns is your safety. That’s why any experienced personal trainer can modify workouts and instructs on proper form so that you do not injure or hurt yourself while performing various exercises.

Low Self Esteem

Many people are afraid of getting into the gym or working out due to low self-esteem. They see the images on social media or online of these overly-buff people working out in their perfectly tanned bodies and you get intimidated. Not everyone who goes to the gym is a bodybuilder. In fact, most people are just your average everyday person looking to become a better version of themselves. Don’t let someone else’s best deter you from becoming your best.

That You Can

Often many people are afraid of what they can’t do. But the truth is, there are more people that are afraid of what they can do. They’re afraid they’ll look too good. They’re afraid they’ll be too strong. They’re just afraid of what will happen when they reach their goals.

This is something you definitely should not be afraid of. Yes, your body is going to change and it will be different. Your spirit will also change, and it’s going to be a journey that will be well worth it!

Face Your Fears

Whatever your fear is, we can help you face it hand on. Working with a personal trainer means that you get that dedicated one on one attention you need so that you are not afraid.  Working with injuries? We can fo that. Gym-timidation? No such thing in our private suites. Crushing it? You’re going to exceed your goals with us, but we won’t let you go at it alone.


Why You Should Join A Run Club

Why You Should Join A Run Club

At all of your favorite races, you see groups adorned with matching shirts in the starting corrals. You see them run through your favorite parks on the weekend and see their post-run selfies all over social media.

If you are an avid runner, or just getting started, there is a chance that you have at least heard about your local neighborhood run club. Have you ever considered joining?

Why You Should Join A Run Club

Scheduled Workouts

Staying consistent is difficult for many people. You make yourself promises and schedule them in, but for one reason or another, they just don’t end up happening. When joining a run club, the meetups are pre-scheduled with a warm-up and cool down all in one.

This type of consistency can really help you reach your goals whether they be just getting more consistent with your runs or improving your pace time. Having a pre-scheduled time and place to meet other runners who are just as motivated, or more, than you is an excellent way to keep yourself accountable.

Accountability

Speaking of accountability, scheduled workouts are just one of the ways that joining a run club can help you stay accountable. Knowing that there are people waiting on you at a certain time gives you that extra boost needed to get your run in. Also, the other members of the club will often check in on you, so if you miss a meeting or on late, you can expect a couple of phone calls and text messages!

Experienced Coaches

A great thing about joining a run club is having experienced coaches to help you along the way. Usually, the run club has in house trainers that are certified and have been there themselves making them the perfect people to take you to the next level. What’s better is that many run clubs offer training programs for specific local races!

Socialize

There’s nothing better than a great run among friends. Being part of a run club means making new friends along the way. It’s a great way to socialize with runners in your area, share running tips, and make new friends. Also, many run clubs will hold non-running social events like dinner or shopping for new run shoes!

Find New Races

With all of the different people who join run clubs, there’s bound to be someone with the inside scoop regarding new races you can participate in. Everyone has their specific likes when it comes to races – 5k, marathon, charity, color runs, etc. Connecting with the members of your club is sure to open the door to a whole world of new races that you probably never knew existed.

Extra Motivation

A recurring theme through all of our reasons to join a run club is the extra motivation. From having people that you can depend on, to scheduled workouts, and the social aspect of it all: run clubs serve as a motivational booster club above all else.

Midtown Trainers Run

If you really want to get active, come run with us! Not only do we love to run together, but we possess the skills and the knowledge to train you for any race that you may want to participate in! Give us a call and we can get you running stronger, faster, better, in no time!


10 Tips For Training For the AJC Road Race

10 Tips For Training For the AJC Road Race

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10k in the world. Becoming a participant is like winning the lottery, literally! Every year, the race conducts a lottery to determine the lucky few runners that get that coveted racer’s bib. If you were one of those lucky few, then you’ve probably been training for the big day. That’s great, because we’ve got you covered!

10 Tips For Training For The AJC Road Race

1 Run Outside

This may seem obvious, but the best thing you can do to train is to run, and running outside is even better. Atlanta is known for its rolling hills and intense heat, especially in the summer months. With the race taking place during the Fourth of July, the Atlanta heat is at its peak. Get comfortable running outside so that when race day hits, the outside weather doesn’t slow down your pace.

2. Stay Hydrated

Speaking of heat, it is important to stay hydrated during your training sessions. A great way to stay hydrated is by drinking plenty of water. One great type of water is Alkaline. Alkaline water is water that’s less acidic than regular tap water. This means it is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.

3. Train Faster

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a family event. That means they practice the “your race, your pace” motto. However, if you want to do your personal best then you should train slightly above the pace that you’re wanting to run. Luckily, the Atlanta Track Club provides pacers, runners that help you keep your pace during the race.

4. Strength Training

When people think of running races, the last thing that comes to mind is lifting weights. However, strength means power and if you want to become a powerful runner then you should look at adding strength training to your regimen. By simply adding at least two days of strength training, you can drastically improve your run form and your pace!

5. Invest in Shoes

An athlete’s equipment can make or break their performance. This is no different from runners, and having great shoes makes a great difference. Investing in sturdy, comfortable, and durable shoes means you can tackle the Atlanta piedmonts with ease.

6. Have a Plan

Don’t go at your training half baked. Set a goal and have a plan so that you can hold yourself accountable. Having a plan means that you can train with purpose and intent instead of just running.

7. Stay Consistent

Staying consistent can be tough, especially when training for a 10k. Training with friends or a run club can help hold you accountable and to stay consistent with your runs. Running at a designated time every day also helps with consistency. With anything in life worth working for, consistency is key.

8. Do a Dress Rehearsal

In theater, the cast will usually participate in a dress rehearsal a few times before the show. They wear the costumes, practice the lighting, and go through the show as if they were performing it to get all of the bugs out. This method of training is perfect for runners as well. From what you’re going to eat, to what you’re going to wear, practicing the logistics of race day can help you to hone in onto what it is you need to focus on.

9. Train Your Mind

Mentally prepare for the race. Relax, spend time with friends and family. Remember why you entered the race in the first place. Training for a race is just as much physical as it is mental. Don’t let your mind lead you astray. Focus, and become the master of your own mind just as you’ve become the master of your body.

10. Plan for Atlanta

If you’re from Atlanta then you know, going downtown during a Holiday weekend is a journey within itself. If you’re not from Atlanta, then you’ll quickly learn what it means. Plan ahead for Atlanta traffic and the parking situation. If it is an option, take the MARTA train or carpool. Leave earlier than normal to give you time for re-routing for the race as well as checking in and warming up.

Final Thoughts

Regardless if it’s your first race or your 50th, it’s always great to get another opinion when it comes to your training. At Midtown Trainers, we have experience running, and the over 100 finisher medals to prove it! If you don’t know where to start then give us a call and we can help you get started!